How to Make a Tuna Melt

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  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    10 m
  • Ready In

    25 m
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

“This is dedicated to all those chefs who tell you to never, ever mix fish and cheese together; and yet there they are, at the diner at 2:00 in the morning. And you know what they eat? Tuna melts. And the reason they do is because it is delicious.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 2 open-face sandwiches

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Directions

  1. Place tuna into a mixing bowl and lightly break apart with a fork. Add green onion, celery, capers, chile paste, and mayonnaise. Pinch small pieces from mozzarella cheese into the tuna salad and stir to mix. Season with salt and black pepper; refrigerate tuna salad until needed.
  2. Heat oven's broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Spread butter generously on both sides of French bread slices.
  4. Broil buttered bread until golden brown on top, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip bread slices and broil other side until toasted, 2 to 3 more minutes. Remove from oven and turn bread slices over on the baking sheet so the darkest sides are on the bottom.
  5. Gently spread tuna salad onto bread slices using 2 forks. Press the salad onto the bread and spread tuna all the way to the edges of the bread. Spread shredded sharp Cheddar over each sandwich. Dust tops with cayenne pepper.
  6. Place sandwiches under broiler and cook until cheese is melted and bubbling, 5 to 6 minutes.

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Reviews (4)

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scootersandi
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scootersandi

I've rated this even though I used what I had on hand - "regular" canned tuna(don't have oil-packed)and used sriracha chili (don't have sambal). I liked the whole capers in the mix, the chile, and especially the crisp toast. I let the top cheese get a little browned & very much enjoyed this for brunch today - might even make it again for dinner tonight! Even Scooter liked it (no onions in hers!) Thanks again, Chef John (if you're listening) - I'm a huge fan of your videos & recipes!

lgrabarec@gmail.com
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lgrabarec@gmail.com

Best tuna melt ever!! I used tuna in water, added a diced tomato and relish. Used cayenne and no paste. YUM

Debbie Mann
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Debbie Mann

This is great! I made it just as stated. My only problem is finding the bread he uses. I can only find very thin loaves. I have substituted sourdough bread.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (2 total)

  • Calories
  • 593 cal
  • 30%
  • Fat
  • 39.5 g
  • 61%
  • Carbs
  • 22.9 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 36.4 g
  • 73%
  • Cholesterol
  • 82 mg
  • 27%
  • Sodium
  • 1112 mg
  • 44%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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